We've had a great opening few days to the 2010/11 NHL season. A few teams opened the year playing in Europe. Yawn. I hope that experiment goes away quickly.
The folks in Calgary have had to postpone the Stanley Cup Parade. After going 7-0 in the preseason, most around here thought it was a done deal. Then the opening 4-0 loss to Edmonton. 800,000 servings of crow later, the parade is on hold.
Our thoughts and prayers are with goalie Ondrej Pavelec. A scary sight to see him collapse during the game against Washington. LINK
But with respect to Ondrej, what I wanted to focus on here, is one of the great efforts in any hockey game. Most of you know what a Hat Trick is. (when one player scores 3 times in the same game)
There's something special in hockey. It's named after the greatest player to ever play the game. It's called a Gordie Howe Hat Trick.
What's that? A Gordie Howe Hat Trick is when you get a goal, an assist, and a fight in the same game. They're kinda rare, but we had the fortune of seeing one take place in the Detroit / Anaheim game last night.
and here's where it gets good. The receipient was none other than Pavel Datsyuk of the Red Wings. Pavel is the four time winner of the league's Lady Byng Trophy as the league's most gentlemanly player. It's only the second fight of his career, and the first in the regular season.
God I love hockey!